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From: Richard Reid / e-mail / 30-08-2006 05:52:31
I discovered Nikolay Myaskovsky during my high school years in Cleveland, Ohio, during the late fifties. Although long-playing records had been introduced in 1948, still ten years later, the Cleveland Public Library’s recorded music collection consisted almost entirely of those heavy 78 rpm discs. And from a fragile, fast-spinning recording of that collection I first heard the music of Myaskovsky, his Symphony No. 21, Op. 51. In one single movement lasting some twenty minutes, the symphony begins with heavy somberness, followed by lyric optimism, and, in its final minutes, unfulfilled expectation gradually fades to silence.
From then on this seldom-heard Myaskovsky had my attention. There were no modern LP recordings of his music nor did I know at the time how to find them. By the seventies I had found the Morton Gould recording of the 21st Symphony, but it had been withdrawn from the catalog. All that was offered was that same well-worn Gould LP, full of ticks, pops, and scratches from the Grand Rapids, Michigan Public Library. Later when it became possible to record with abundant fidelity to cassette, the Gould recording had disappeared. So its capture onto cassette, which was then (1975) a modern medium, became impossible.
Two years ago, even though I paid a premium CD price for the David Measham performance of the Myaskovsky Symphony No. 21 on Unicorn, I finally could repeatedly hear this favorite composition as part of my own collection. As compensation, I purchased on sale just today (August 2006) a CD of Myaskovsky’s last symphony, his 27th. The CD also includes his Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 66.
That a composer so prolific and accomplished is not more celebrated and appreciated is truly unfortunate. However, the growing list of recordings now available show that Myaskovsky is being more widely programmed and that he may now assume his proper place among outstanding composers of the 20th century.
From: Gioele / e-mail / 24-08-2006 14:39:30
Hello to everybody,
I would like to ask if someone may help me. I am looking for the Opus № 31
"Yellowed pages", seven bagatelles for piano. May someone give me an indication where to buy this pieces of music? But I know that there is also a trascription Opus 31A: "Yellowed Leaves, transcription for trumpet and piano (1930)
LP Ariola-Eurodisc K 25819 K: T. Dokshitser (trumpet), A. Zhak (piano)
is this possible as well to buy somewhere?
I thank in advance for what whosoever can do for me.
Gioele (Rome - Italy)
From: Jeremy Paterson / e-mail / 23-08-2006 18:12:11
I am trting to find out which company represents the publishing rights to Myakovsky's work. Many thank in advance to anyone who can help me.
From: watson bosler / e-mail / 22-08-2006 16:57:44
A friend recenntly asked me to try to locate a vocal work by Myaskovsky. The only information he had was the title "Vogelein (Little Bird)" and the fact that he believed it had been published "by the University of Moscow." Any help in identifying the original (presumably Russian) text and a copy of the piece would be gratefully received.
From: Russell S. Wollman / e-mail / 20-08-2006 07:02:21
Yes, this is a handsome website and expresses very nicely the love for this man. I look forward to hearing some of Myaskovsky's work from a few discs just purchased. I find it hard to express a preference for any single Russian composer. All are so very great—and from what I have read, Myaskovsky will for me soon be among them.
From: Jeffrey Davis / e-mail / 18-08-2006 15:06:34
I see that the Amazon UK website features a new recording of Myaskovsk's 6th and 10th symphonies (Ural Philharmonic Orchestra, List) coming out in September this year, which sounds exciting.
From: Malcolm Thomson / e-mail / 02-08-2006 05:10:15
I have just received the information as contained in the following http, which may be of interest to those readers who are in the market to obtain the entire set of Myaskovsky's recorded symphonies. I have had dealings with this source and can recommend them for their honesty and quick response to their customers. Their web site may be viewed in both Russian and English.
From: Dr. Hans - Werner Umbreit / e-mail / 01-08-2006 22:51:10
I am a great friend of the music of N. Myaskovsky. Now I have collected all symphonies except the 14 th symphony. I have also a CD MEL 46021-2 ( ZYX Music made under licensce from Melodiya Australia 1987. According to the cover there must be on the CD the symphonies No. 5 and 11. No. 5 was interpretated by the URRS RTV Symphony Orchestra, Conductor: Kanstantin Ivanov. No. 11 was interpretated by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra ConductorVeronika Dudarova. I have also Cd ґs of the 5 symphony with Edward Downes and Evgeni Svetlanov. But the music of the first named CD is not similar with the other Cds. It is not the 5 symphony. There are 7 tracks on this CD. 4 Tracks shold reffer to the 5 the 3 other to the 11 symphony. Another asstonishing fact is that the musical themes and melodies of the so called 5 are very similar to the "11" on this CD. I think the description on this CD is totally false. Is there anyone who can explain me what musical piece this is?
From: Георгий / e-mail / 01-08-2006 14:06:33
По поводу этого (http://www.newizv.ru/print/14647).
Г. Рождественский: "Его (Прокофьева) седьмую Симфонию тоже боюсь назвать компромиссом, но это падение – физическое. Слушая ее, понимаешь, что человек избит до полусмерти, он же еле-еле поднялся и был готов на все, чтобы выжить".
------- И на что же это - на все? Седьмая Прокофьева - вещь в стиле той же "высшей простоты", что и Двадцать седьмая Мясковского. Или Николай Яковлевич тоже писал свою последнюю симфонию, "готовый на все"?
From: blumenfeld / 25-07-2006 21:28:04
Downes, Svetlanov and Rozhdestvensky all contributed a recording of Myaskovsky's fifth symphony (1918), perhaps his first great popular success. Amazing how these three versions differ from one another! The energetic Rozhdestvensky was back from England to assume the direction of the State Symphony Orchestra of the Ministry of Culture, a position previously held by Maxim Shostakovich. But, for some reason, his recording dated February 1982 was done with Svetlanov's orchestra, the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the USSR. He keeps a very fast pace, finishing the symphony in less than 32 minutes, compared to just under 44 minutes for Svetlanov and 35.5 minutes for Downes. Normally I don't pay much attention to time variations but this is huge! The symphony's four movements -- allegretto amabile, lento-andante, allegro burlando, allegro risoluto -- do suggest a dynamic symphony with lots of momentum. Other than in the second, much slower movement, I think Rozhdenstvensky, as well as Downes, captures the composer's intentions better than Svetlanov. His interpretation is too sluggish, as though the orchestra is exhausted. A similar difference is noticeable, though not to such a dramatic extent, with the second symphony.
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